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12 Must-Have Kitchen Gadgets for $12 (Or Less!)

These clever—and cheap!—kitchen gadgets will make you want to spend even more time cooking.

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Pulled Pork Claws & Meat Shredder - BBQ Grill Tools and Smoking Accessories for Carving, Handling, Liftingvia

Meat Shredder

Craving some savory nachos or mouthwatering sliders? That pork isn’t going to pull itself! Use these claws ($12) to shred your pork, chicken and other meats, plus make it easy to hold (and carve) a rotisserie chicken. It’s the perfect accessory for any hungry carnivore.

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OXO Good Grips Avocado Slicervia

Avocado Slicer

If you love avocado as much as we do (with these recipes, how could you not?), you’re going to go crazy for this gadget. The avocado slicer ($10) cuts, pits and slices your avocado. Go ahead, make all the guacamole you can eat—we even have a couple recipes for you.

Purchase here.

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Cuisinart CSBP-100 3-in-1 Stuffed Burger Press, Blackvia

Burger Press

Take your burgers to the next level with this multi-purpose gadget. This burger press ($10) sculpts your ground beef or turkey into perfect circles, plus imprints grooves onto the meat so your patties cook perfectly.

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Flexible Plastic Cutting Board Mats setvia

Flexible Cutting Boards

Make sure no ingredient gets left behind with this flexible cutting board set ($7). Once you chop all your fruits, vegetables and herbs, you can lift up the sides to form a chute that’ll guide your food straight to your pot. Pretty genius, huh?

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PomeMall 3 Pcs Creative Lemon Juice Sprayer, Citrus Sprayer Orange Fruit Mist Gadger Sprayer Kitchen Cooking Toolsvia

Citrus Sprayer

If you love a hint of citrus in your sauces, desserts and cocktails, ditch the bulky juicer for this compact sprayer ($6). Simply stick the gadget in a lemon, lime or orange, and spritz away!

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Chef'n Cob Corn Strippervia

Corn Stripper

If you prefer corn off the cob—or are whipping up a summery corn salad—having a corn stripper ($8) might help. With this kitchen gadget, you can remove all the kernels in one swift motion.

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Stark Safe Cut Resistant Gloves (1 Pair) Food Grade Level 5 Protection, Safety Cutting Gloves for Kitchen, Mandolin Slicing, Fish Fillet, Oyster Shucking, Meat Cutting and Wood Carving - Largevia

Cut Resistant Gloves

We can’t be the only ones who are nervous we’ll slice our hand open when cutting a huge spaghetti squash. But these cut-resistant gloves ($9) will hopefully give you some peace of mind. They’re reportedly more durable than leather!

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Full Circle Tater Mate Bamboo Potato Brush with Eye Remover, Greenvia

Potato Brush

Whether mashed, baked or in tater tot form, preparing potatoes is not child’s play. This funky brush ($9) cleans ’em and helps remove those irritating eyes. Speaking of potatoes, get a forkful of these spud-tastic recipes.

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2 PCS Onion Goggles Glasses for Chopper Onion Tearless BBQ Grilling Goggles Tear Free Safety Goggles Dustproof for Cleaning Kitchen Home for Men, Womenvia

Onion Goggles

You no longer have to cry when you chop onions. There are plenty of (tear-free!) ways to cut an onion, but these onion goggles ($10) will provide an extra barrier between your eyes and the chemicals that make you well up.

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Can Colandervia

Can Colander

Consider this can colander ($4) a great kitchen gadget for anyone who loves olives, tuna fish or anything else that’s canned. Simply place the colander on top so you can spend less time fishing out your food and more time enjoying it.

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Kikkerland CU231 Cactus Herb Infuser, Small, Greenvia

Herb Infuser

Give your soups, stocks and even teas a much-needed kick with this cute cactus infuser ($12). Insert your desired fresh herbs, pop the infuser into your cooking pot and let the flavors spread. Put it to work in these brothy soups.

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ZYLISS Garlic Peelervia

Garlic Peeler

We love using garlic as much as the next chef, but it’s kind of a pain in the neck to peel. This peeler from Zyliss ($5) is magic. Place your garlic gloves inside, roll up and rub the silicone peeler against a table. Presto! You have garlic that’s ready to cook with.

Purchase here.

Kelsey Mulvey
Kelsey Mulvey is a freelance writer and editor based in New York. Her hobbies include wine, nachos and the occasional hibachi dinner.
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